Mar 10, 2008, 9:27 am
The jackpot in "America's Game" continues to grow, as do the lines at the lottery ticket counters.
Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Saturday's Powerball drawing the jackpot grew to an estimated $230 million, with a cash option of $113.6 Million.
Even though the grand prize was not awarded Saturday evening, 3 lucky tickets in New Mexico (1) and South Carolina (2) matched all 5 white numbers with the Power Play and won $400,000 cash each.
Thirteen other winners matched all 5 white numbers for $200,000. These lucky tickets were purchased in Arizona (1), Colorado (1), DC (1), Iowa (1), Indiana (1), Louisiana (1), Missouri (1), North Carolina (1), New Hampshire (1), Oregon (1) and Pennsylvania (3). In addition, 1,265,395 tickets across the nation won a total of $11,141,042 in prizes.
The numbers drawn Saturday night were 17, 29, 31, 34, 49 and the Powerball was 16. The Power Play multiplier was 2.
Other prizes won Saturday evening included seventy-one tickets that matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won $10,000. Six additional tickets that won at this prize level also purchased the Power Play and had the $10,000 winnings multiplied by 2 to $20,000.
Players should carefully check their tickets after every draw. Even if there are no jackpot winners there are always tens of thousands of winners at other prize levels.
Players purchased $54,090,175 in Powerball and Power Play tickets between Thursday and Saturday night. The lotteries sold more than $2.5 billion in Powerball tickets in FY07. That translates into more than $725 million for worthwhile state projects.
Powerball is now played in 29 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.